Welcome rain brings respite from the dry
  |  First Published: February 2007

Rain in central Gippsland over Christmas put some well deserved water back into our thirsty rivers. It wasn’t much rain, yet some creeks in the south of the region became quite fishable to both spin and bait fishers alike.

The Traralgon Creek, for example, even got some colour, which was a first for about three months. Some nice trout were caught in the Koornalla region as well as the Taylors Road section of Traralgon Creek on Celtas and small Rooster Tails. Worms also worked well when on a very light running sinker rig.

In the Blue Rock catchment the Tanjil River running in and out of the lake has been fishing very well lately. This is largely due to the fact the Blue Rock Reservoir is holding more water than any other lake around. There are plenty of small rainbows being caught in the eastern branch of the Tanjil above Blue Rock on small Celtas. Dry flies such as Parachute Adams and Royal Wulffs are working a treat for the flyfishers as well. Don’t be scared to try a nymph at this time of year either, especially in this catchment. There have been some large brown trout up to 1kg taken in the Tanjil River below Blue Rock on small soft plastics such as Berkley 2-inch minnows and small Squidgies and Storms.

In the north of the region the bushfires have been wreaking havoc and I have no reports from the Thomson or the Glenmaggie catchments. That’s about it for this issue, hopefully next month the fires will have subsided and there will be some better reports. Don’t hesitate to drop me an email if you have a good fishing trip to report.

For more information on fishing Central Gippsland, Contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 5178544.

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